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The Indian Couple

There's an Indian couple that walks around my apartment complex every morning (by Indian I mean from India, not Native American Indian). At least I think they're Indian - the wife has the red dot on her forehead and they wear the appropriate clothing.

The wife walks behind the guy, sometimes five feet, sometimes fifty. I find that behavior interesting, as I've sometimes caught them side by side, talking as they walk, but only once or twice (in over a year). I find myself wondering how long they've lived in the US (perhaps their whole lives), how long they will continue this behavior (perhaps forever), and so on. I'm so intrigued by their thought process, they "why?" of it all, that I'm always tempted to stop them and ask them. Of course, there's no real way to do that politely or without frightening or off, so I don't.